Police operation makes dent in drug tourism
Two people were arrested in Luxembourg and six were found to be carrying illegal drugs when police participated in a four-day international crack down on drug tourism.
According to Luxembourg police, 20 grammes of marijuana, 2 grammes of heroin and 2.6 grammes of cocaine were seized in the Grand Duchy as a result of the crackdown.
The arrests were part of a cross-border campaign known as “Operation Etoile” run from September 19 to 22, involving Benelux and France and in which a total 17 people were arrested.
In Belgium the operation resulted in checks of 1,337 people, 57 of which were found to be in possession of drugs. Altogether 15 people were arrested and nine vehicles were seized.
In addition, a number of weapons were seized.
In the Netherlands nine people were arrested during the operation and checks resulted in the seizure of more than a kilo of cannabis, 1 kilo of amphetamines and 55,000 euros.
Meanwhile, during checks on the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris police found one kilo of cocaine that a French national had hidden in his coat. In Benelux the checks were carried out on main roads stretching from Rotterdam and Atwerp to Paris, and Maastricht to Metz.